Memorial garden is underway for soldier

memorial garden for Luke Farmer
memorial garden for Luke Farmer

A PATRIOTIC red, white and blue themed garden will be created to remember Upton soldier Luke Farmer.

More than £10,000 of fundraising has been donated by Upton and North Elmsall Parish Council - along with cash from many local fundraisers - to create the lasting tribute to the brave soldier on Waggon Lane.

Rifleman Farmer, 19, of the 3rd Battalion The Rifles, was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in Sangin, near Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in January 2010.

The former Minsthorpe Community College student, of Third Avenue, had been trying to keep his comrades safe by leading the way with a metal detector during night patrol.

His heroic actions spurred residents from his home village to raise money for a garden in his memory.

Chairman of Upton and North Elmsall Parish Council, Coun Shaun Hodson, helped push the project and met with the soldier’s family to show them the proposals last week.

Coun Hodson said: “I have always been really enthusiastic about it and now it’s finally coming to fulfilment, I am just sure it will be great thing for Luke’s family and friends, and the community as a whole.”

A memorial feature based on the one at Camp Bastion - the British military base in Afghanistan - is also an idea for the garden.

Art and sculptures which may include items from Upton in honour of Rifleman Farmer’s home, are also presented in the plans. Flowers will represent colours of the Union Flag.

Once finances are finalised, meetings with Rifleman Farmer’s family and the community will be held to get additional ideas.

Then a contractor will be appointed and work will start.

Architects NPS Group, based in Castleford, designed the detailed drawings.